Manchester In the City

by Tom Kerswill on October 2nd, 2005
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Manchester’s In the City festival is turning out to be very good. After a bit of a mediocre start (Night and Day, Friday – full of A&R people, but devoid of atmosphere and interesting bands), things started getting better on Saturday.

We went to the XFM launch party at Night and Day – which had a free bar. All it involved was a little bit of blagging and we were in 🙂 Then in the evening I headed to the Font Bar, for a fantastic night organised by Fat Northerner Records. Featured bands included Ironweed and Earl. The place was packed with interesting people. I also got to talk to one of the better bands from night and day the night before – Tricky Nixon. They’re based in Manchester and are definitely worth checking out.

Today’s been relaxed. Went to an indie-orientated festival at Jabez Cleg, then a bit later in the evening I headed to Bedlam to check out some of the acoustic acts that are emerging from the city and elsewhere. Starting with Emmy the Great, who’s mates with Jeremy Warmsley, and followed by a few other good bands. Headlining was “Son of Dave” – who concocts incredible music using just his voice, beatboxing and a harmonica. Oh, and a few loop pedals. Quite amazing to watch, really.

Made contact with some interesting people. In the City has been good so far. I’m looking forward to the last day tomorrow. Then I’m heading off to Somerset for a few days to relax 🙂

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